| September/October 1974

HOMER A. BECHTEL, 84, of 306 E. 2nd Street, Williamsburg, Penna. died May 24 at Blue Ridge Haven West Nursing Home, Camp Hill, Pa. He was a member of Pa. State Grange, Williams Grove Steam Engine Association, Allegheny Mountaineers Steam & Threshers, Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Association, Morrison's Cove Pioneer Steam Show. Homer loved a steam engine having run one at the age of 14 for his fathers threshing rig and sawmill. He was a trustworthy engineer, having run my 50 HP Peerless at the steam shows. We bunked together in the R.R. cabin at Williams Grove. He will be greatly missed by all his buddies. We can be sure he has gone to pull that golden throttle in a better land free from all the worries and cares. He who paints the sunset, called Homer to a home beyond the sunset.

Submitted by Arthur F. Harker, 300 Bella Street, Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania 16648

GEORGE CULVER, Lyndon, Kansas died May 2, 1972, age 69. He grew up on a farm and with his brothers operated a thrashing machine as well as other farm machinery. He later worked for the Township Board. He owned and operated a model steam engine and was a member of the Antique Steam Engine and Model Assn. He was generous in giving of his time to display and operate his model for parades, picnics and fairs throughout the state. He attended many 'Thrashing Bees', and many young people have a better understanding and appreciation of the advances by which the wheat farmer has come from the antiquated steam engine to the modern labor-saving harvesters of today, because someone took time to 'show and tell'.

Submitted by his sister, Dorothy Culver of Lyndon, Kansas.

WARD RENNIE, 71, of Montezuma died recently in Frizzell Memorial Hospital at Ransom. Mr. Rennie was a farmer who had retired from this work about a year ago. Ward's grandfather began threshing with horses and turntable in southeast Illinois and was one of the first to buy a steam engine. Ward attended all the steam shows he could and only last year went to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, One year he was at the controls of Ernest Bresslers engine at the Bird City, Kansas Show. He was well known in steam circles.

Submitted by Helen Ward Rennie, Montezuma, Kansas 67867


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